Canal Boat Skills
Enjoy canal cruising safely and proficiently
Canal narrow boats and barges can do a lot of damage! They can weigh twenty tons or more, be over sixty feet long without any steering wheel or brakes, so they don’t drive like your car!
- You don’t need to have a licence or training to steer a boat, but it can be very dangerous if you are not able to control your boat, steer, slow down, stop, or moor safely.
- Then there are other boats to avoid, locks to work and dark tunnels to go through!
- Canals also have their own right and wrong ways of doings things, their own ‘rules of the road’, that other boaters may expect you to know.
- So we have lots of advice and information to help you develop the skills you need to be able to relax and enjoy canal cruising, plus listings of trainers to help you improve those skills.
How to gain and develop canal boat handling and control skills.
How to reduce the risks of boating accidents & upsetting your crew!
Locks may be scary at first but most people enjoy working locks!